Ecology and Economics for Sustainability Ecology and Economics for Sustainability

Our MSc Environmental Sciences Pathways enable students to study the subject with particular focus on the field of sustainability.

Each Pathway offers a different mix of modules to develop specific skills in our students, while maintaining an interdisciplinary approach that draws on the school's outstanding research strengths.

As well as the Ecology and Economics for Sustainability Pathway, we also offer a Science, Society and Sustainability option.

Pathway overview

This Pathway focuses on the role of natural resources in maintaining environmental sustainability. The course gives students a greater understanding of environmental economics and ecosystems, as well as a strong basis for a research career in natural resource management.

Students will receive advanced tuition that teaches sustainable natural resource management with a strong foundation in scientific evidence. Students will be equipped with the skills to assess evidence within a wider economic, social, political and legal framework, and consequently determine methods for managing natural resources based on empirical research.

Students will benefit from the supervision and tuition of world-leading experts in ecology and environmental economics, including staff from the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE).

Pathway structure

Compulsory modules:

  • Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability
  • Economics and Ecosystem Services
  • Research Skills
  • Dissertation Project.

Optional models for this Pathway are the same as those for the MSc in Environmental Sciences.


  • Geographical information systems (GIS)
  • Experimental design
  • Economics and ecosystem services
  • Natural resource management

For information on entry requirements, fees and funding, and how to apply view the MSc Environmental Sciences course profile.